Mixing Prints and Patterns
Mixing prints is not something I usually do, and mixing tartan on tartan is definitely something I never thought I’d do. But when I left my house yesterday it was chucking it down and I grabbed my umbrella and off I went. It wasn’t until I was updating my Instagram (@arcticsabrina) stories that I realised I was mixing two different colours of tartan. I usually wouldn’t even wear more than one piece of tartan, and ever since moving to Edinburgh I generally avoid it at all costs. I brought my kilt home at christmas and left it there, and these trousers have been at the back of my wardrobe collecting dust. It just feels like a bit much when I wear tartan now, like a bit of an overkill. But yesterday I think I achieved the peak of ‘didn’t you know I live in Scotland now?‘ with my accidental tartan mix-up.
Yesterday I was running last minute to catch the bus to Princes St so I could meet my friend Abbi at Waverley when her train got in. I did not intend to take pictures for an outfit of the day post. I was just throwing things together and hoping it looked intentional enough to be appropriate. But, Abbi is just such a talented photographer and when we visited the garden down Dunbar’s Close, she whipped out her camera (of course!). Since I’ve been meaning to write more outfit posts, I decided I would just throw one together with the shots she got — sort of really, really feeling this casual approach to blogging, seems a lot more authentic? Getting to know the ‘real me’? What do you think?
coat: uniqlo! This is the uniqlo blocktech soutien collar coat. It’s the most recent addition to my wardrobe! I’ve been shopping-cleansing, and only buying investment pieces. This was 59 pounds (on sale), and its a raincoat! I’ve already worn it enough times to make it worth it, I think. Very smart looking, but so, so practical too.
trousers: old navy, lol. When people here ask me what old navy is, I just say it’s the cheap version of Gap… It’s like our version of Primark, I’d say. My mom bought these and they didn’t fit her so I got them! They’re worn out but there one of a handful of pairs of trousers I have here, so I wear them every once in awhile still.
umbrella: bought on the royal mile at one of the many tourist shops, it was 16 pounds but totally worth it given how classy it looks and how often I use it!
bag: Cambridge Satchel Company, 11″ classic satchel in oxblood — another one of those ‘investment pieces.’ I wear this all the time, and I love it so, so, so much.
shoes: Blundstones, another investment. These are the Blundstones #1441 but in black, not navy. I wear these every day. They are a signifier that I am a Canadian millennial, but they’re also waterproof and very comfortable, so.
accessories: glasses are eyebuydirect, and neckerchief is from ardene (lol)
*Pictures were taken down Dunbar Close on the Royal Mile, by my dear friend Abbi (@afolkbee) — see the genius behind the pictures in the picture I got below! Quality is significantly worse because it was taken on my iPhone. Whoops.